C.M. Blaschke, P.P. Freddolino, and E.E. Mullen
British Journal of Social Work, vol.39, 2009, p. 641-656
While population ageing around the world raises serious concerns about social security, pensions, long-term care, healthcare and family systems, digital-age tools have been proposed as possible resources to improve outcomes. Much has been written suggesting that assistive technologies and information and communication technologies may improve quality of life, extend length of community residence, improve mental and physical health, delay the onset of serious health problems and reduce family and caregiver burden. This review seeks to separate the evidence base for these claims from simple optimism about the value of technology-based tools.
S. Qualls and S. Zarit (editors)
Hoboken, N.Y.: Wiley, 2009
With the field of geriatric mental health growing rapidly as the Baby Boomers age, this guide brings together a notable team of international contributors to provide guidance for caregivers, families, and those who counsel them on managing caregiving challenges for aging family members. The book helps mental health professionals guide families and other caregivers as they adjust to the demands of caring for aging family members. It covers:
E.L. Sampson and L. Robinson (editors)
Dementia, vol. 8, 2009, p. 331-441
This special issue highlights how small local initiatives, developed by enthusiastic clinicians, and tailored to individual patient and carer needs, can have a significant impact. It presents some examples of such initiatives, which demonstrate how effective multi-disciplinary bridges can be built to provide better quality end of life care for people with dementia, at very modest cost. At an international level, the issue includes articles on:
International Journal of Social Welfare, vol.18, 2009, p. 243-251
More people permanently migrate to live in a different country than ever before. This greater mobility raises fundamental social policy questions around entitlement and renegotiation of caregiving obligations and arrangements. Migration contributes to families being 'stretched' beyond national borders and being dispersed across the globe. This article focuses on older people as members of transnational families. Drawing on the experience of New Zealand, it discusses immigration policy, pension eligibility and portability, and social services and caregiving issues.
International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 18, 2009, p. 252-259
This study investigated how older people experienced ageing and reflected on their need for care in the context of the Swedish welfare state. Sixteen people aged between 77 and 92 years were interviewed. All wanted above all to stay healthy and remain independent. None wanted to be a burden on society or their children. Through media reports and the experience of their neighbours, they had gained a negative impression of eldercare, which they regarded as stigmatising, and preferred not to think about ever needing it.